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Update Samsung Galaxy S6 G920I to Android 7.0 Nougat with ODIN

The official Android 7.0 Nougat update is now rolling out in India for all Galaxy S6 G920I smartphones.

Check the instructions listed in this post in order to learn how to manually flash the new update with ODIN app. If you own a G920I smartphone and you’re not based in India, then you might have to wait a while longer before the update will be ready for you. The new firmware update is being rolled out in stages for all devices, and it means that not everyone will get the new files at the same time as others.

If you are currently running a custom ROM on your phone, then you can use the tutorial, too, and learn how to flash the new firmware files manually with the same ODIN app. Make sure to create backups for all important first and update your device only when you’re sure that you can complete the process.

Before starting the installation process you have to check the following guidelines:

  • use this guide only for the India version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 G920I smartphones.
    – check the version of your device under Settings> About Device section.
  • don’t try to update any other different Samsung devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • get the Samsung USB drivers from here and install them on your PC.
    – the usb drivers will allow your PC to detect the phone through ODIN app.
  • for the update you will use ODIN 3.12.3 tool, but for it to properly work and connect with your phone you have to enable the USB Debugging option from Developer Options menu.
    – the Developer Options might be hidden, and you have to go to Settings> About Device> Software Info and tap seven times on the Build Number text.
    – return to Settings and Developer Options menu will be listed there.
    – open Developer Options, find USB Debugging and enable it.
  • you can flash the new update over rooted firmware, but you should know that root access won’t survive the update.
    – also, any custom Recovery image will be replaced with stock Recovery image.
  • Android 7.0 stock firmware can be installed with ODIN over custom ROMs, but you need to know that you have to Factory Reset the device after the update is done.
    – the Factory Reset wipes the system partition, it removes the old custom ROM and it forces the device to boot in normal mode.
    – Factory Resetting the smartphone won’t remove any data from internal storage.
  • if your phone runs 100% stock Android firmware you can continue straight to the next part of this post, and learn how to update it to the latest Nougat OS firmware without worrying about losing any data in the process.
  • read the whole post and do not skip any steps.
  • note that this guide has to be applied by advanced users only, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone nor in case you lose any important data files in the process.
  • check the battery charge of your device and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the phone powers off.

In case you are unable to complete the manual update process, then you can always choose to wait until Samsung pushes the new firmware files over-the-air. If your phone’s OS has been modified in any way, then the OTA Android 7 Nougat Update won’t be made available for you, and you need an alternate update method.

You can check for Android 7 OTA Update availability by going to Settings> Software Update> Download Updates Manually menu. If there is any new file ready for download, then you should simply confirm the process and your Galaxy S6 device will download and flash the new firmware by itself.

Now that you know all that you can continue to the next part of this post.

How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat OS update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 G920I India:

  1. Download the Android 7.0 Update archive file from here.
  2. When the download is completed you can unzip the archived contents and save them on your PC.
    You should obtain the G920IDVU3FQD1 tar.md5 firmare update file.
    – don’t unzip the tar.md5 archive, as that’s how you need to load the file in ODIN.
  3. Download the Odin 3.12.3 zip from here.
    – unzip the contents.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. Boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the ODIN exe on your PC.
  7. Connect your Galaxy S6 to PC via usb cable.
    – wait for the device to be added by the computer.
    – if the phone is not detected you have to reinstall the Samsung USB drivers once more.
  8. Go to ODIN main menu and click on AP button.
  9. Now, find and load the G920IDVU3FQD1 tar.md5 firmware update file in ODIN.
  10. Press START when you’re ready to begin the Android 7.0 OS update process. Don’t press anything else until the update is done.
  11. When the update is complete you can see the PASS alert shown by the ODIN app. Unplug the phone from PC.
  12. Use your default login info and unlock the Galaxy S6 G920I new Nougat homescreen.

These were all the instructions you had to follow in order to complete the Android 7.0 update process.

If the FAIL message was shown by the ODIN app, then you will have to try and repeat the whole tutorial more than once. If you repeat installation you need to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that your phone meets all requirements listed above the tutorial.

NOTE: if the PASS message is shown by ODIN, but the phone enters in a boot loop or it gets stuck at the boot animation screen, then you have to try and Factory Reset the phone for it to be able to boot in normal mode.

The Factory Reset steps below should be applied in case you have installed the Android 7.0 update over a custom ROM, as otherwise your device won’t boot in normal mode.

Here’s how to Factory Reset the device:

  • power off the phone.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
  • confirm process.
  • reboot the device in normal mode when done.

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